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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Section Stacking?
« on: April 18, 2007, 08:23:53 AM »
tag.  I might call or email USD and see what they say about this.

I was always under the impression top 1/x meant of the entire class, not just your section...?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Pepperdine
« on: April 18, 2007, 08:13:02 AM »
I am in the situation of choosing between Pepperdine and Loyola, but I am pretty confident that I will go to Loyola because I finally got some $$$ from them. 

I actually sent my deposit in to Pepperdine, because they had given me a scholarship, but it seems like Loyola's reputation is stronger, and I would like to do IP (no science background tho). I think that Pepperdine's reputation will increase eventually to catch up with its ranking, but for now, I think Loyola might be the safer bet. As far as rankings go though, who knows, Pepperdine might pass Loyola next year!

I know that Loyola has gotten a bit of a bad reputation online (I searched xoxo and LSD), but I can't help but think that ANY tier 2 school is going to have very similar problems with employment, their students just might not be so vocal. It is something that scares me, but I got $$$ and I want to go to school in LA!

Then go.  It's a great school.  xoxo is probably the worst place you can look to for advice, and even here, while often good, can sometimes be a bit too "if you don't go to a t14, don't go".

Do well at Loyola, and you'll be just fine.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Best way to ask for money?
« on: April 18, 2007, 08:10:35 AM »
I asked for money by sending a letter in the mail, including in the letter my offer from another school.  I then spoke to the Asst Dean of Admissions and he told me it'd be easier for him if I emailed him a copy, so I did so.  A few days later he called me to let me know that my scholarship offer was in the mail.

There is a HUGE thread on this somewhere, called Negotiating with schools for $, I believe.

Good luck.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Costco and Sam's Club
« on: April 17, 2007, 10:57:02 AM »
I've never been to a Sam's, but I swear by Costco.

For the most part, I stick to frozen and canned foods, and foods that don't go bad.  I easily save hundreds of dollars a year, and many trips to the grocery store as well.

It's worth every penny of the $45/year.  Plus, I have the Costco AMEX which I get 3% back on eating out, 2% on travel and 1% on everything else (Costco rebate check mailed once a year).  I only use it when I eat out and travel.  Over the past 2 years, I've made about $150 using that, so it's paid for my membership and then some...

Law School Admissions / Re: Soft Factors' Future
« on: April 17, 2007, 07:15:25 AM »
You already deposited at Hofstra, so I'd go there so as to not lose the $$$.

Ehh, I wouldn't use a few $100 as a reason to base the rest of your life on.

I don't know much about FIU or Toledo, but I do know FIU is on the rise and surprisingly had the highest bar passage rate in FL this past year.  While not reason alone to go, it is certainly impressive.

I don't know what it is, but I just hate Hofstra.  I guess it goes back to my high school days when I used to hit the bars up over there and couldn't stand the types of people that go to Hofstra.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 17, 2007, 07:08:53 AM »
i absolutely sent it certified.  from my conversation yesterday, the admissions office was more concerned about receiving it than when it was mailed.  i fully explained my situation, but at the time, it did not seem to matter.

i promptly used fedex to send a letter with explaination and the certified mail receipt last evening.  if miami is unwilling to be slighty flexible, maybe it's not the right school for me.

Good.  I was just commenting in general, because it seemed like everyone was relying on UM to tell them it was received when they can also confirm on if it was sent certified.  I assumed at least one of the people who are in this predicament didn't send it certified.

And I completely agree with the 2nd statement.  If they give you trouble after proof you sent it with ample time to get there, that is quite a turn off.  My one experience with the admissions office left me less than impressed with it.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Univ. of Miami anyone?
« on: April 17, 2007, 06:25:21 AM »
People... you always send something of such importance certified, and even return receipt.  You should always have a record that proves you sent whatever it is you're sending.

It's obviously too late this time, but it's a good lesson for the future.  If there's a deadline, pay the $4 for certified, return receipt. 

Any of you who sent it without some sort of confirmation and still have not been told it's been received, I suggest you let them know exactly the situation and insist they accept a signed fax stating your desire to attend with a photocopy of the check you plan to put in the mail, certified today!  If they are seriously willing to revoke your seat, this is not something to take lightly...

Okay, I'm done lecturing.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: California Western
« on: April 16, 2007, 08:15:51 PM »
I'm curious to know about Cal Western too. I just got accepted off the wait-list and its looking like my best option. Can anybody tell me what they've heard/seen/know about it?

From what I've read, Cal Western is a decent choice for those who wish to go to San Diego but either couldn't afford USD and could get a lot of money from Cal Western or who couldn't get into USD.  However, like any lower tiered school, you will have to perform very, very well (read top 5% of your class) for a shot at the very good jobs in SD.  Of course you aren't doomed for failure otherwise, you will just have to do a lot of the leg work on your own. 

To put it in perspective, a quick search shows 2 firms with OCI at Cal Western and 18 at USD within San Diego.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: USD
« on: April 16, 2007, 07:21:38 PM »

My point was that the flyer was an obvious reaction to the rankings drop. Do you think you would have received one if the school had not had dropped 20 spots? The assistant dean expressly stated he felt the drop was due to employment statistics. They were rushed out, that is why I also received two of them.

I'm just saying it is unfortunate that the school has to take such measures just because of US NEWS. I do give them credit for stepping up and doing it. Regardless, USD is very well respected in San Diego and the rest of Southern California for that matter.

Oh I definitely agree with your entire post.  I wasn't calling you out.  Merely wondering if I got the 2nd flyer because the 1st one had some silly error that I didn't notice.  I just wanted to see what I might've missed.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Brooklyn vs. Cardozo
« on: April 16, 2007, 07:19:29 PM »
I couldn't be happier Pettitte is back! As for the rest...I just keep reminding all the Mets fans around me that it's really early in the season. Really really early. I still have mixed feelings about A-Rod, though he's been decent so far.

I didn't want to continue taking this off topic, but I felt obliged to comment on that.  Before he truly wins my heart as a Yankee, he must perform in the post season.  That said, so far he hasn't been decent... he's been amazing!  Probably as good as you could ask for at this point.  I'd almost go as far as saying that without him, we may not have won more than 1 game so far...

And yes, it's still very early.  The Yanks have started slow many seasons in the past and have always ended up at the top of the division.  This year will be no different.

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